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Providing Milk for Your Baby (7633)

Providing Milk for Your Baby (7633) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Pediatrics, Parenting

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Providing Milk for Your Baby

Why Provide Human Milk for Your Baby?
Human milk is like medicine for a sick or premature baby. It helps babies fight infections, and
leads to shorter hospital stays.

You do not need to decide right away if you want to feed your baby at the breast. Right now, we
just need you to pump your milk. After you get started, you can decide how long you want to
pump and if you would like to breastfeed. Whatever you decide, by pumping your milk right
now, you are giving your baby the best possible start in life.

How Do I Begin?
ξ Pump as soon as you can after your baby is born. (Within 6 hours is best. Ask your
nurse to help you get started.)
ξ Use a hospital-grade double electric pump whenever you can.
ξ Combine pumping and hand expressing to get the best milk supply.
ξ You can watch a video about how to hand express at:
http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html
ξ Pump at least every 2-3 hours, at least once during the night. (8-12 times in 24 hours)
ξ Keep track of your pumping times and milk volume on your pumping log (see page 2).
ξ At first you may only see a few drops. This is normal. It takes a few days for your milk
to come in.
ξ The first milk you see will be thick and yellow. It is called “colostrum”. Colostrum is
very important for your baby. Save every drop! (Your nurse can help you collect it.)
ξ Pumping should never hurt. If you have discomfort when pumping, please tell your nurse
or lactation support person.

How Much Milk Should I Get?
By the time your baby is 2 weeks old:

Milliliters Ounces
Ideal Supply 750-1000 ml/day 25-33 oz/day
Borderline Supply 350-500 ml/day 12-16 oz/day
Low Supply Less than 350 ml/day Less than 12 oz/day








How do I Store My Milk?
These are the guidelines for when your baby is in the hospital:

Room
Temperature
Refrigerator Hospital or
Home Stand
alone Freezer
Home Freezer
compartment of
refrigerator
<79F (26C) <39F (4C) -4F (-20C) 0F (-18C)
Freshly
Expressed
4 hours 96 hours 6 to 12 months 3 to 6 months
Thawed 4 hours 24 hours Never refreeze
thawed breast
milk
Never refreeze
thawed breast
milk


Can I Call and Check on My Baby?
Yes! Please feel free to call and check on your baby any time.
NICU phone number: 608-890-9600
PICU phone number: 608-263-8049



















Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 12/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#7633


Pumping Log
Mom, please record the time and amount of breast milk you pump.
Your baby’s nurse and lactation consultant will check in with you to see how you are doing.
At first, you may get nothing or only a few drops. This is normal. Keep pumping!
It is normal to pump less milk at certain times of day.

Week 1 Time/
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